He had never achieved it during an excellent career that includes partial successes in the three great tours, an Olympic gold against the clock, a Monument and three generals of La Vuelta. But today, Cousin Roglic marks a new milestone on his list of successes by conquering his third consecutive stage in the Tirreno-Adriatico. He had never raised his arms before in three consecutive days in a stage race, and how could it be otherwise, he did so with one of his hallmarks. in the explosive osimo hilltop finish, the Slovenian, who even gives the feeling that you are not yet at your maximum level, he used his spectacular acceleration to overtake Tao Geoghegan Hart, João Almeida and, again, the brave Spanish duo who tried again without success in the meters before the finish line: enric mas (4th) and Michael Landa (5th).
The route did not have great ascents, but it did have a constant up and down that accumulated a whopping amount of 3,610 meters of unevenness along 193 km. There were many skirmishes from the beginning, typical of the nervousness generated by these routes, but no one managed to open a gap with respect to a squad commanded by the Jumbo. Towards the equator of the stage we entered a circuit where the height to Osimo (1.7 km at 5.6% on average) would unleash hostilities between the favourites. We had to wait for the last step, but that’s how it was.
37 km from the finish line, Wilco Kelderman suffered a fall and was ruled out to help Roglic. However, when it came down to it, he didn’t need anyone’s help… Shortly after, Wout van Aert decided to wage war on his own, thanks to the freedom that he has always had in his team, which caused Roglic, without the help of the Belgian, to have to jump to close a gap caused by Aleksandr Vlasov. The Russian, especially active, counterattacked after being neutralized and with his maneuver took Alex Aranburu and Carlos Verona. The three hunted a Guillaume Martin who had previously gained a few meters. There was an understanding and the Russian from Bora became the virtual leader of the race.
The Jumbo got down to work, through the mediation of Van Aert and Tiesj Benoot, to maintain differences, but the interest of the UAE, which jumped in defense of Almeida’s podium, gave them a cable. Ineos also wanted to join the party and with the escapees trapped, it was Landa who made his bet with 5 km to go. The player from Alava selected the group of chosen ones, with a very attentive Roglic who did not give him a meter. No one managed to find their way, so they faced the final slope together. After being caught Michael Woods, who had jumped with the full consent of the favourites, But he tightened the rope and made the rest suffer. But, unperturbed, Roglic held on to his wheel to prevail in the last meters. Another home brand victory. And there are already 68 in an enviable record to which this Sunday he can add his second overall in Tirreno-Adriatico. It’s time to finish off the job in a day with a foreseeable end to the sprint, because we already know that with the Slovenian nothing can be taken for granted until the last meter…
Results of the 6th stage
1st Cousin Roglic (Jumbo) – 4h 49:17
2nd Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) – mt
3rd João Almeida (UAE) – mt
4th enric mas (Movistar) – mt
5th Michael Landa (Bahrain) – mt.
General of the 58th Tirreno-Adriatico
1st Cousin Roglic (Jumbo) – 25h 06:21
2nd João Almeida (UAE) – at 18″
3rd Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) – 23″
6th enric mas (Movistar) – 41″
7th Michael Landa (Bahrain) – 56″